MSW Curriculum

The MSW@Denver social work curriculum is designed to prepare the next generation of social workers with the knowledge and skills to combat injustice and oppression. Grounded in its focus on equity and inclusion, the curriculum will train you to see individuals and systems through the lens of power, privilege and oppression—and empower you to advocate for social justice.

As a student in the program, you will be encouraged to follow your passions, challenge your peers and ask yourself tough questions. As you develop a holistic understanding of social work principles and gain practical experience in the field, you will be prepared to create social change in your community—wherever you call home.

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Two Social Work Programs Grounded in Social Justice

MSW@Denver offers two online program tracks:


Traditional MSW

For students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work

Learn more about the traditional MSW curriculum.


Advanced Standing MSW

For students with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from any point in time.

Learn more about the advanced standing MSW curriculum.

View the admission requirements for both program tracks.

Social Work Curriculum Components

The master of social work curriculum includes foundation and concentration coursework.


Foundation Courses

Develop an understanding of the history, values and ethics of the social work profession while you explore topics such as human development and behavior, the impact of oppression on individuals and groups, interventions with client systems, and how to apply research to programs and practice.

Traditional MSW students complete the full foundation curriculum, while advanced standing MSW students complete three required foundation courses before moving on to their concentration.

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MSW Concentrations

Choose from two social work concentrations: Mental Health and Trauma or Health, Equity and Wellness.

Mental Health and Trauma prepares you to provide trauma-informed care to help people heal as a behavioral health clinician or a psychiatric social worker.

Learn more about the Mental Health and Trauma concentration.

Health, Equity and Wellness prepares you to practice in a variety of holistic and integrated health settings, including hospitals, after-school programs and experiential treatment centers.

Learn more about the Health, Equity and Wellness concentration.


Field Internships

Field internships are the highlight of the social work curriculum, providing you with the opportunity to practice your new skills in a variety of settings and specialties. You will apply classroom theory to real-world settings under the supervision of master’s-level social workers. Through their feedback and mentorship, you will gain valuable experience and hone your personal practice. The MSW@Denver curriculum combined with your field education will ensure that you are exposed to the many issues and challenges that you may encounter in your career as a social worker.

Learn more about field education.

Request information to learn more about MSW@Denver or contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-219-5995.